LINING UP: Pack at Pats, Jets at Lions in preseason games

A look at what to expect in Thursday night's NFL preseason games:---PACKERS AT PATRIOTSWill the New England Patriots' preseason opener be a coming-out party for Jimmy Garoppolo or a thumb in the eye to Roger Goodell and the NFL's...

Level-headed Goetz takes over reeling Minnesota program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Beth Goetz was quiet as usual while her parents, Les and Ann, drove their daughter to a band concert in seventh grade. And it wasn't until Beth started her flute solo in the middle of the...

NBA schedule has Christmas finals rematch, more player rest

The Golden State Warriors will see an old friend on opening night and LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas, two of the highlight games of their title defense.The NBA released its schedule...

EA Sports drops Patrick Kane from NHL 16 promotional plans

EA Sports is dropping Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane from promoting its NHL 16 video game because he is under police investigation.The popular video game company announced its decision on its Twitter account Wednesday. EA Sports says Kane will...

Hanley Ramirez’s sore foot to be examined by doctor

MIAMI (AP) Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez will be examined by a doctor Thursday when the team returns to Boston to determine whether further tests are needed on his sore left foot. Ramirez was not available Wednesday against the Miami...

Former Angels GM Dipoto joins Red Sox in short-term role

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been hired by the Boston Red Sox in a short-term consulting role.Dipoto will assist general manager Ben Cherington and the baseball operations department in evaluating talent...

Panthers' Norman says he and Newton have made up, moved on

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers cornerback Josh Norman says he has nothing but ''mad respect'' for Cam Newton and there are no hard feelings between he and the star quarterback following a training camp scuffle earlier this week.Norman even...

Miami RB Joe Yearby determined to be a player and a dad

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) There are moments when Miami running back Joseph Yearby feels like his world is falling apart.His father is in jail, awaiting trial that records suggest may send him back to state prison. He has...

Coyotes sign affiliation deal with ECHL's Rapid City Rush

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Rapid City Rush on Tuesday.The South Dakota team is entering its second season in the 28-team ECHL.The Coyotes had been affiliated with the Gwinnett...

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters exits game with injury

SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz left Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles with neck spasms.Cruz, who had earlier extended his hitting streak to 21 games, was replaced by Ketel Marte before the seventh inning.Cruz...